November 9th, 2015 by Michael Sauers


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September 26th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions.

The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

  • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?
  • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
  • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
  • Are fire tornadoes possible?

His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. (Published on Sep 24, 2014)

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April 18th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

xkcd: free speech

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October 18th, 2013 by Michael Sauers



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April 17th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


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September 26th, 2011 by Michael Sauers


Source: xkcd

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September 9th, 2011 by Michael Sauers

Large e-mail attachments are one of the banes of my existence but this xkcd comic sums up the reasoning for them perfectly.


via xkcd

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April 18th, 2011 by Michael Sauers


via xkcd

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December 31st, 2010 by Michael Sauers

Just swap the male and female roles in this comic for me and either my wife or one of her girls…

Audiophiles [xkcd]

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July 7th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

workaroundToday’s xkcd cartoon inspired this post. (Shown right.)

The most recent and annoying workaround I’ve used was the need to install a virtual machine running Windows XP on my wife’s Windows 7 x64 desktop just to run OCLC’s Connexion Client. Finally, last week, I was able to install OCLC’s v2.2 update which included support for x64 systems. 

So I’m going to ask, what’s the most obnoxious workaround you’ve used to solve a problem, computer-related or not?

P.S. Using Firefox and Word 2007 I couldn’t actually get the instructions in the cartoon to work. You know I had to give it a try.

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